Graffiti and Street Art

Great design doesn’t just happen on paper. The history of street art stretches back to Pompeii, and it continues to have a prominent role in the political upheaval of the 21st century. Print is dedicated to finding amazing street art and graffiti art from New York City to Cairo. Covering the history of street art, we also look at stencils, posters, and more great DIY design.

Beyond the Street, Reviewed

Beyond the Street, a very large release from Gestalten and edited by Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie, sprawls through “the 100 leading figures in urban art.” If I look through it as a collection of what essentially amount to magazine interview-style pieces, it both reads and looks great. Many of the images seem exclusive...

How Do You Like Javier Bardem Apples?

Does the internet suffer from a shortage of funny pop-culture based Photoshop mashup images? No. But I have a special love for the excruciatingly pun-packed photochops of Thighs Wide Shut. Thanks, TWS, for 6+ years of excellent service so far. Halloween costume recommendation, 2008: Regarding Javier Bardem’s Best Supporting Actor win at the 2008...

The Writing of Art, The Art of Writing

The heated comment thread on HTMLGIANT that came up when Michael Jacobson’s new book, The Giant’s Fence, was mentioned, raises a great point about how we approach language. Jacobson advocates a form of writing that he calls “asemic writing”—that is, writing with no semantic content. No one stares at a canvas of abstract art...

Lunch Break Video: Blu's "Big Bang Big Boom"

BIG BANG BIG BOOM: an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end. Direction and animation by BLU Production and distribution by ARTSH.it Soundtrack by Andrea Martignoni Print interviewed Blu in its June 2008 issue. You can order that issue here.

Nicaragua Spraycation, Part 2

[Read Part 1] I asked the Nicaraguan graffiti writers what had gone down, how Daniel Ortega came to be the most up man in Nicaragua. They explained that in one night, in a massive piece of political organizing, small groups of Ortega supporters across the country were handed cans of paint and got to...

Nicaragua Spraycation, part one…

[Read Part 2] Daniel Ortega came to power in Nicaragua in 1979 after a populist revolution. Formally elected president in 1985, he promised to break up the oligarchy and to continue the self-governing ideals of Sandino and Carlos Fonseca, the inspiration and founder of the FSLN, or Sandinista party. This put him in Reagan’s...